What’s On TV – Fringe

List Item:  Watch half of the 1001 TV Series You Must Watch Before You Die
Progress: 193/501
Title: Fringe
Episodes Aired: 100
Year(s): 2008-2013
Country: USA

Good news: I have found a new thing to binge watch. Bad news: it’s another show to add to the pile.

Fringe is one of those cult shows that I have been meaning to start for years. It’s just that, as they said in the most reason of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidtyou know it’s a ridiculously good time for television when you don’t have time for a show like The Americans. For me, this was always the case with Fringe.

Now that I have done my minimum watch to cross this off the list, I am glad that I didn’t start watching this show when it first came on. Whilst the pilot is interesting – this is not a show that gets off to the best start. Thanks to some cross-referencing with The AV Club and IGN  I made sure that the episodes I saw were either good, part of the overarching storyline or (in most cases) both.

By the time I reached the end of this watch-through I still feel like I haven’t gone in depth into the shows mythology. I still have no idea who the Observers are and I haven’t met any of the main characters’ parallel universe counterparts.

For the uninitiated think of this as being The X-Files with a parallel Earth instead of aliens and a bit more of a goofy personality.  This feels like an undersell because it has fantastic performances from the central three and there is a lot of nuance to the conspiracy theories that underpin the show. Then again, this is a lab with a cow as a recurring character… so there’s that.

Honestly I don’t feel that after 20 episodes I know enough about the show to write about it. Yes it is a sci-fi show mixed in with a procedural, but there is a lot more to it than that. I just know that once I have cleared away some of my ‘non-blog’ backlog Fringe will be a show that is consumed very quickly. I just have to finish off Iron Chef, House, Eureka and a bunch of other shows first…

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